Re-Boot Camp

W@W re-Boot Camp for fiction and nonfiction: how do they mesh?
with Judith Freeman

The re-Boot Camp offers a full day of discussion and writing for up to 16 people, ably lead by Judith Freeman, author of The Chinchilla Farm, A Desert of Pure Feeling, Red Water (fiction), and The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and The Woman He Loved (nonfiction).

Judith will talk about two books—one a novel (Red Water), and one a biography (The Long Embrace) –and how she incorporated the research into both books. The idea of working with ‘fact’ in novels will be the focus of the morning’s workshop.

The afternoon session will talk about a novelist’s approach to writing non-fiction, and a short exercise will focus participants on their own writing. Pen, paper, and any stories they wish to share about their own writing are all that is needed.

re-Boot Camp
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Salt Lake City Main Library—Conference room on Level 4
210 East 400 South

9:00 AM Continental breakfast
9:30 AM Workshop with Judith Freeman: From fact to fiction
12:00 Noon Break for lunch (provided)
1:30 PM Workshop with Judith Freeman: From fiction to fact
4:00 PM Readings of student work from the workshop and celebratory social hour
with wine, sparkling cider, fruit and cheese

Registration: SOLD OUT

Judith Freeman is a novelist, critic and short story writer, author of four novels, a collection of short stories, and one work of non-fiction. Her novels include The Chinchilla Farm, Set for Life (winner of the Western Heritage Award), A Desert of Pure Feeling, and Red Water, which was named one of the best books of 2002 by the Los Angeles Times and winner of the Utah Book Award. Widely reviewed, the New Yorker called Red Water a “novel that makes astute points about the almost indistinguishable similarities between faith and love.”

Her non-fiction book, The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved, was published by Pantheon Books in the fall of 2007 to critical acclaim. It was named one of the ten best books of the year by Newsweek, and made the “best of 2007” lists of, the Village Voice, the PBS program Fresh Air, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.

In 1997 Judith received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction. Her essays, reviews, and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She teaches in The Masters of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California and has been a writer-in-residence at various workshops around the country. During a year spent in Rome in 1999, she collaborated with the composer Chris Theofanidis, providing the text for a piece for soprano and string instruments that was performed at Carnegie Hall, the American Academy in Rome, and the Da Camera Society in Houston. In 2005 she received a visiting fellowship from the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, where she spent a month researching her book on Raymond Chandler in the archives of the Bodleian Library. In 2006, she was a Visiting Writer at Johns Hopkins University, and she recently received a fellowship from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, to conduct research during the fall of 2010, as the Erle Stanley Gardner Endowment for Mystery Studies fellow.

Judith lives in Los Angeles and in rural Idaho with her husband, artist-photographer Anthony Hernandez.

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